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Team Liquid and Fnatic Matchup Decided the Third Playoff Team at the ECS Season 5 Live Finals

Published: 9/Jun/2018 18:15 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Mike Kent

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Team Liquid and Fnatic battled it out for the third spot in the ECS Season 5 Live Finals playoffs on the evening of Saturday, June 9th.

The $660,000 event is the culmination of an online campaign that has spanned since March, with eight teams qualifying by placing in the top four of their respective region.

The SSE Wembley Arena in London had opened its doors for day two, with thousands of CS:GO fans turning up to watch some elite level play.

Fnatic had a tough first day after losing to Team Liquid on Friday afternoon, and went up against Cloud9 early on day two. They won that close battle 2-1, to get another shot at TL, who were waiting after losing to Astralis on day one.

Team Liquid started Nuke with a 5-0 round count before Fnatic could respond thanks to JW’s impressive AWP skills.

The American side kept their pressure up on the new look Swedish team and punished them for their lack of coordination as a unit, taking an 11-4 lead into the half.

Team Liquid didn’t stop and despite Fnatic’s best efforts, they were overan as the map finished 16-5.

After such a blowout first map, Team Liquid smelled blood as they moved onto their pick of Inferno. The North American’s took a 12-8 lead after a close first half, and despite a brief bit of life from Fnatic, TL took it 16-13 to win the game.

Team Liquid advance to face NRG Esports in the semi-finals, while Fnatic place 5th/6th and take home $45,000 between the five players.

Follow our coverage of theECS Season 5 Live Finals via our dedicated coverage hub.

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Report: Valve cancel upcoming 2021 CSGO Major

Published: 5/Dec/2020 11:20

by Calum Patterson

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CS:GO publishers Valve have scrapped plans for the game’s next Major tournament, which was set for May 2021, according to an email sent out to organizers.

According to a report from HLTV, the Major that was due to take place May 10-23 will no longer go ahead, presumably due to the global health crisis and travel restrictions, with Valve expecting impacts to still be felt in six months.

This was also why the previous Major, ESL One Rio 2020, which was meant to have taken place in September, was canceled. In the announcement from ESL, they stated “While Valve is currently not able to say when and how Majors will return, as soon as they do we’ll work to bring the Major to Rio.”

In the email to organizers, Valve explained their plans in more detail, including confirming a Major to be held in Europe later in 2021 has been agreed with a partner and venue.

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The ESL One Rio major was canceled in 2020.

CSGO Major in 2021

“We are still disentangling our prior commitments,” Valve said, “and currently have both a partner and an EU venue designated for a Major later in 2021.

“Assuming it makes sense to proceed, the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24.”

The last Major was StarLadder Berlin, which concluded with Astralis’ victory in September 2019. That means that it could be a full two years since the previous Major before we see another. With plans for it to take place in Europe, it means that all of the last four Majors will have been held in the continent.

In the email sent to tournament organizers and obtained by HLTV, Valve added that it “doesn’t have any new information about the Regional Major Ranking (RMR)” system, but welcomed feedback from the recipients.

At least in the meantime, while there are no Majors, CS:GO just launched it’s new Operation, Broken Fang, after much anticipation, adding a wealth of new content and features.